This weekend developer Piranha Games hosted Mech_Con in Vancouver, BC, where they unveiled a new trailer for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. It was announced this summer that this gathering for fans would be where the long-awaited fifth story-based MechWarrior game would be playable for the first time.
Piranha's made a name for themselves over the last few years having developed, evolved and expanded the free-to-play MechWarrior Online, a game we gleefully put way too many hours into over the years. With their understanding of the lore, game mechanics, mech customization, and their impressive amount of assets and experience already put into that game - having developed hundreds of mechs over the years - the team moving towards building out AI systems, new unit types, and adding a story campaign is just a natural progression.
Not to be outdone, Piranha Games is using their online experience to include 4-player cooperative play with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries along with mod support through Stream workshop, making MechWarrior 5 the most user-friendly game in the franchise with limitless content potential! The reveals took place during a keynote presentation at Mech_Con yesterday which featured gameplay video of multiple iconic mechs in action across a variety of environment types that'll be in the game.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries features intense PvE ‘Mech combat in an immersive, career-based Mercenary campaign driven by player choice. Featuring an advancing timeline starting in the year 3015, players will adopt the role of a new MechWarrior mercenary thrust into leadership of a mercenary squad as the Third Succession War continues to fracture the Inner Sphere; the vast region of colonized space surrounding Earth. Victory, prestige, and profit will not only require skill on the battlefield, but in the maintenance and enhancement of your BattleMechs.
The game’s newly-announced co-op functionality will enable players to host up to three friends inside their campaign universe, running missions together as a coordinated lance under the banner of the host’s mercenary unit.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will also receive full mod support, empowering fans to customize their own missions, contracts, planetary systems, biomes, and much more, via powerful toolsets and Steam Workshop integration.
The feature announcements and new gameplay footage were unveiled at Mech_Con 2017, an annual celebration of all things MechWarrior and BattleTech. Hosted by Piranha Games and featuring a variety of partners – each with a deep history of involvement in the beloved franchise – and attended by fans from around the world, the evening was capped off by an exciting conclusion to the first-ever MechWarrior Online World Championship Finals, where two teams of eight duked it out on the battlefield for their shot at the World Championship title and a share of the prize pool.
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries releases in 2018 for PC.